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Barbara Getty and Inga Dubay developed their own italic handwriting method to provide students a more natural style than the more tradition ball-and-stick most kids learn. The fluidity of italic handwriting, they say, is easier for younger kids to master and offers more intuitive transition to cursive. Similar to calligraphy, italic is aesthetically appealing and easy to read since letter forms are uncluttered.

How Do These Work?

Seven consumable worktexts cover grades K-6, though Book G can also serve as a remedial text for grades 7-8, or even for adults. A single instruction manual covers all seven student texts, and provides plenty of information for demonstrating the basics (how to hold a pencil, etc.), special concerns, and some background philosophy of handwriting instructional methods.

The student texts are self-explanatory. Kids simply copy letters, numbers, words and sentences on variously sized lines (ranging from 15/16" to 5/32"). Cursive is introduced in Book C (grade 2), while Book G includes both basic and cursive italic. Two supplemental texts are also available: Italic Letters which teaches calligraphy and italic handwriting, and Write Now which acts as a complete italic handwriting program and works great as a remedial text for older students. Both these books are consumable, though students could just as easily complete all work on separate sheets of paper.

None of the books in this series are reproducible, so you'll need separate texts for each student. These are secular texts, so you won't find moral tales or Scripture verses here, but neither will you find anything offensive or political. Each book is simple black and white, and while there are illustrations they're simply line drawings. Not incredibly appealing, this series nevertheless gets the job of handwriting instruction done, and done well.

Our Honest Opinion:

We've sold many of these books and have personally witnessed handwriting improvement from some kids. The most common complaint is that children who learn exclusively this style have a hard time reading more traditional cursive styles like Zaner-Bloser and Palmer. While this probably isn't a big deal, it is something to consider. At the same time, students who master this style will have no trouble with illegibility as this is one of the most attractive cursive forms we've seen.

Additional Information:

Sample of Children's Handwriting (PDF fomat)
Comparison Chart (PDF format)
Reading Looped Cursive (PDF format)

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.
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Character Italic - Advanced Cursive
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from Italic Builders
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in Getty-Dubay™ Italic Handwriting (Location: B13-04C)
Character Italic - Basic Print
by Martine Cox, Wendy Shaw
from Italic Builders
for 1st-6th grade
in Getty-Dubay™ Italic Handwriting (Location: B13-04C)
Character Italic - Beginning Cursive
by Martine Cox, Wendy Shaw
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for 1st-6th grade
in Getty-Dubay™ Italic Handwriting (Location: B13-04C)
Getty-Dubay Italic Calligraphy
by Inga Dubay
from Getty-Dubay Productions
for 6th-Adult
in Calligraphy (Location: ART-03A)
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Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting Series Blackline Masters
by Barbara Getty & Inga Dubay
from Getty-Dubay Productions
for Kindergarten-8th grade
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Italic Handwriting - Instruction Manual
by Inga Dubay & Barbara Getty
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for Kindergarten-8th grade
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Italic Handwriting A
by Inga Dubay & Barbara Getty
4th edition from Continuing Education Press
for Kindergarten-1st grade
in Getty-Dubay™ Italic Handwriting (Location: B13-04C)
$9.99
Italic Handwriting B
by Inga Dubay & Barbara Getty
4th edition from Continuing Education Press
for 1st-2nd grade
in Getty-Dubay™ Italic Handwriting (Location: B13-04C)
$9.99
Italic Handwriting C
by Inga Dubay & Barbara Getty
4th edition from Continuing Education Press
for 2nd-3rd grade
in Getty-Dubay™ Italic Handwriting (Location: B13-04C)
$9.99
Italic Handwriting D
by Inga Dubay & Barbara Getty
4th edition from Continuing Education Press
for 3rd-4th grade
in Getty-Dubay™ Italic Handwriting (Location: B13-04C)
$9.99
Italic Handwriting D - Blackline Masters CD-ROM
by Barbara Getty & Inga Dubay
3rd edition from Continuing Education Press
for 3rd-4th grade
in Clearance: Language Arts (Location: BLG-06B)
$10.84
Italic Handwriting E
by Inga Dubay & Barbara Getty
4th edition
for 4th-5th grade
in Getty-Dubay™ Italic Handwriting (Location: B13-04C)
$9.99
Italic Handwriting E (old)
by Inga Dubay & Barbara Getty
3rd edition from Continuing Education Press
for 4th-5th grade
in Getty-Dubay™ Italic Handwriting (Location: B13-04C)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Italic Handwriting F
by Inga Dubay & Barbara Getty
4th edition from Continuing Education Press
for 5th-6th grade
in Getty-Dubay™ Italic Handwriting (Location: B13-04C)
$9.99
Italic Handwriting F (old)
by Inga Dubay & Barbara Getty
3rd edition from Continuing Education Press
for 5th-6th grade
in Getty-Dubay™ Italic Handwriting (Location: B13-04C)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Italic Handwriting G
by Inga Dubay & Barbara Getty
4th edition from Continuing Education Press
for 6th-8th grade
in Getty-Dubay™ Italic Handwriting (Location: B13-04C)
$9.99
Italic Handwriting G (old)
by Inga Dubay & Barbara Getty
3rd edition from Continuing Education Press
for 6th-8th grade
in Getty-Dubay™ Italic Handwriting (Location: B13-04C)
$6.00 (2 in stock)
Italic Letters
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from Continuing Education Press
for 9th-Adult
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Science Italic
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for 1st-6th grade
in Getty-Dubay™ Italic Handwriting (Location: B13-04C)
Write Now! - DVD
by Barbara Getty & Inga Dubay
from Getty-Dubay Productions
for Kindergarten-8th grade
in Getty-Dubay™ Italic Handwriting (Location: B13-04C)
$25.46